Tag Archive: Google’s


How Google’s backup encryption works – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Backing up your data is easy and secure on Android. But there are some issues with the service that Google needs to sort out.

I love seeing headlines about encryption hit a news cycle. Anything that gets a person more aware of their options when it comes to making sure that they are the only person with access to their data is important. So important, in fact, that Google does it by default with your backed-up data.

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Soon you’ll be able to correct Google’s name pronunciations

Mine is pronounced Berne like burn not Berne like Bernie.

What you need to know Google may soon add a feature that lets you speak a name pronunciation to teach it. Currently you can spell a name phonetically to force a better pronunciation. The new feature appears in source code but has not yet made it to beta.

Intrepid sleuths at XDA-Developers have uncovered code in the latest Google App, buld 10.93, that may be part of  [Read More…]

Google’s Digital Wellbeing gets a 30-minute snooze button for Wind Down

A 30-minute snooze for when you really want to use your phone for just that bit longer.

What you need to know Google’s Wind Down feature encourages digital wellbeing by reducing distractions at bedtime. The firm is now adding a new feature to let you pause wind down for half an hour. It’s rolling out automatically in the Play Store to Beta users.

When it comes to getting you off your phone, Digital Wellbeing’s Wind Down is  [Read More…]

Google’s Pixelbook Go now comes in Not Pink

Only for the more expensive variants.

What you need to know Google’s Pixelbook Go is now available in Not Pink. The new shade is only available for Core i5 and Core i7 equipped laptops. Pricing starts from $ 849 for the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM.

Google’s Pixel phones often come in the standard black/white, and another more interesting color. Last year it was Purplish and Oh So Orange for the Pixel 3a and Pixel  [Read More…]

Google’s Sundar Pichai argues for AI regulation

It’s a challenge that no one company can solve on its own.

What you need to know Google’s Sundar Pichai has warned companies to be more clear-eyed when developing AI, keeping an eye out for the negative social side-effects. Pichai calls for government regulation, noting that no single industry or corporation can tackle this issue on his own. Google has also established its own AI principles when developing capabilities.

Google’s Sundar Pichai today called for AI regulation  [Read More…]

Google’s AirDrop alternative — Nearby Share — is almost ready for launch

The new name reveals some important details about the new service’s scope and purpose.

What you need to know Google has renamed Fast Share to Nearby Share, a name that better fits the upcoming service’s purpose and scope. Nearby Share is similar to Apple’s AirDrop in that it provides a simple way for users to share information between nearby devices. There’s no launch date for the service, and it’s not yet known how Google plans to deliver  [Read More…]

How to set up and use Google’s two-step verification

Using two-factor verification makes sure that you — and only you — have access to your Google account.

In a world where we’re constantly becoming more and more digital, maximizing the security of your online accounts is one of the most important things you can do.

A strong password is a good start, but if you want to take things to the next level, you need to use two-factor authentication. This adds another layer of privacy to  [Read More…]

Google’s former political chief says the company is maybe kinda evil

The “Don’t be evil” motto is being called into question.

What you need to know Google policy head Ross LaJeunesse calls out Google’s hypocrisy in its “Don’t be evil” motto. LaJeunesse is a Democrat running for Senate in Maine against a vulnerable Republican. Cooperation with the Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments most alarmed him.

A former Google Head of International Relations, Ross LaJeunesse, is taking on the company directly as he campaigns for Senate. LaJeunesse specifically calls  [Read More…]

Google’s AI is better at detecting cancer than doctors, says study

False positives fell by up to 5.7%, while false negatives were reduced by as much as 9.4%.

What you need to know A study suggests AI could be poised to radicalize cancer screening. A system designed by Google was found to provide more accurate readings than doctors. The rate of false positives and false negatives were up to 5.7% and 9.4% better compared to human doctors, respectively.

As the scientific community continues to explore the perhaps endless  [Read More…]

Huawei’s phones are tagging Google’s now-dead Allo app as ‘infected’

The app has been dead for nearly a year now.

What you need to know Huawei’s phones are tagging the Allo app as a security threat. The warning claims that the app could be infected and recommends immediate uninstallation. The app has been non-functional for almost a year now.

It’s been more than a year since Google announced its intention to kill Allo, yet another of its failed attempts at creating a WhatsApp alternative that could be  [Read More…]